Whether I am at home or on the road, the Instant Pot is one of my absolute must-have appliances. Why? Because it is a single appliance that takes the place of 9 different appliances in one.
The latest generation of Instant Pot has:
- Pressure cooker
- Slow cooker
- Sous vide
- Rice / Porridge cooker
- Yoghurt Maker
- Cake maker
- Saute / Searing
However, I primarily use the pressure cooker and slow cooker settings, but along with that, use the saute / searing setting before I use the pressure or slow cooker settings.
When you are travelling during the day, you can set it up and run the slow cooker, so your meal will be reading when you arrive at that night’s destination. Depending on your kitchen set up, the instant pot will set up easily in the sink, so it will be secure while travelling. If I don’t want the heat in the RV, I tend to use the pressure cook setting more often.
Should you get the sous vide setting? The newest Instant Pots also include a sous vide setting. I highly recommend the sous vide personally, as i love to cook meats using sous vide. However, you will need to have an extra supply of ziploc bags, unless you travel with a small vacuum sealer. When cooking the sous vide method, you need to cook the items in sealed plastic with as much of the air removed as possible.
Do you need the wifi setting? It really depends on where you are using it and what kind of connections are available. You can use the personal hotspot on your phone, or if you have your own wifi access point you can use to connect it to. I do love the app interface, but it isn’t a dealbreaker for me if I cannot use it.
Should you get the Instat Pot Mini? This is one question that only you can answer. However, if you use an Instant Pot at home, and have all your favorite recipes you want to do in the RV, your recipes might be too large to fit in the mini. For this reason, I prefer the regular size one, plus it gives me leftovers for lunch the next day, or to share with others. Also, most recipes are designed for a 6 quart instant pot, and very few are designed for the 3 quart aside from things like sides and dips.
What are the power requirements? The standard Instant Pot 6 quart size uses 1000 watts, although wattage will very depending on size and models. Depending on your RV, you may need to limit other appliances in use while using your Instant Pot. For example, you may not be able to run your Instant Pot and the microwave at the same time, or your Instant Pot and another high power appliance such as a blender.
This is my preferred Instant Pot currently:
- The best gets even better: Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus is the latest...
If you are looking for something a bit more budget friendly, especially if you are purchasing a second one to live in your RV, there is a 7-in-1 that is more economical. It does not include the sous vide setting, which is one of the more popular new features, and one I personally use quite a bit. But you can save some money with this model instead.
- 7-IN-1 FUNCTIONALITY: Pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, yogurt...
If space is an issue, or if you just need an Instant Pot suitable for a single person, there is the 3 quart mini Instant Pot you could go with instead:
- Ultra is the latest addition to the instant pot family. Simple twist...
Do you do a lot of air frying? There is a new model that now includes air frying. But keep in mind that this one is much taller than a standard Instant Pot, so you may need to think about storage for it.
- 11-IN-1 FUNCTIONALITY: Air fry, roast, bake, dehydrate, pressure cook,...
The Instant Pot is currently my favorite appliance in my RV… the only thing that would make it better would be an espresso feature!